Monday, September 15, 2014

Spoooooooooky

Are you scared? Don't be it is a cute kind of Spooky!

I have been wanting to try a tone on tone card for a while now. I always see people do it and then either forget about it or don't think I can pull it off.  Now that I pulled it together and tried it I know I will be trying it again! I really like how it came out.

I took an overlay from the Artbooking cartridge and cut it down to fit on my 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" standard card base. I cut it at 5 3/4" originally I was thinking I might do a sqare card but decided against it. I made spooky 7 1/2" because at 5 3/4" it was a little smaller than I wanted it. Don't forget on the Artbooking cartridge everything is meant to go together that is why it is set so large. I could have also set the real dial size to 1 1/2".  Then I added the little tag flag in the corner and fancy...and boy do I mean fancy cut the spider out. Wala...this card came together in a snap.

Here is the inside.


I will leave you with a little closer up view of the front of the card. I hope you have a great day! Get out there and make some spooky cards of your own!


Supplies*:Cardstock - White Daisy (1385)
Pattern Paper - Scaredy Cat (X7185B)
Complements - Scaredy Cat (X7185C)
Cricut Cartridge - Artbooking (Z1686)
*All supplies are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted.
You can find these Close to my Heart products at Jessica's CTMH store. Don't forget to check out the rest of the design teams blogs throughout the week. You can find a link in the sidebar.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Limited Supplies - Halloween


You know one of my favorite things about Close to my Heart is how everything coordinates together! This makes my life simpler when I am trying to create a quick card however it can also make your life simpler if you are just getting started and have limited supplies. The card below have very little stamping and I only used Black Ink on that little Happy stamp.

Now I love a card that has a quilted pattern I have been doing cards like this forever and it is a great way to use up your scraps! Well I thought it would be super fun to use the word Halloween from the Complements.


The inspiration from the card came from Pattern 21 of Make it from the Heart but if you look at that pattern you can see that I changed it up. They had 12 little squares and I only have 9. Don't be afraid to just use the pattern for a starting point, make it your own. I do the same thing when I get card ideas from the Annual Inspirations book. You might also notice that I changed some of the letters around from the complements. Since Halloween has two L's and two E's I changed it up so that I would have the orange on each line, I feel like that is more pleasing to the eye.


I always like to finish out my cards by bringing in some of the same elements from the front of the card, here I brought in that same background paper and added that spider web. The spider web can be found on page 76 of the Artiste cartridge.


Supplies*:
Cardstock - Black (1386), Cashmere (X5932)
Pattern Paper - Scaredy Cat (X7185B)
Complements - Scaredy Cat (X7185C)

Ink - Black (Z2105)
Cricut Cartridge - Artiste (Z1790)
Inspiration - Make it from your Heart Vol 2 - pattern 21 (9042)

Embellishments - Black Waxy Flax (retired), Sparkles Assortment brown & tan (Z1753) 
Other -  Tag (I have a cut basket when I use my cricut I toss what I don't use in there)
*All supplies are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted.

You can find these Close to my Heart products at Jessica's CTMH store. Don't forget to check out the rest of the design teams blogs throughout the week. You can find a link in the sidebar.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Consider it cased

I am trying my best to make and send birthday cards out this year. I am only doing so so...but hey it is better than I did last year.

I just adore this little dog from CTMH. I have some dog lover birthdays coming up and I saw this card on Pinterest. For me it was a win win, I normally do change up cards when I case them but this one was just perfect as far as I am concerned so I only changed the paper and the ribbon.

I made two versions, a red one.



A pink one.

 
So adorable - that Vicki Wizniuk is one of my card superhero's I would case all her cards if only I had more time. ;)





Thursday, September 4, 2014

Starting to think about the holidays

Wait what? I know I know it was just Labor Day and we have not even had Halloween or Thanksgiving yet!

Don't worry I am not decorating or anything like that I am just trying to go into this year prepared so that I am not my normal "last minute Lucy self"

I have a ton of Christmas paper and I have really been trying to use up my old stuff. I mean if you have it you should use it right? Plus if you use it up...you will need more!!

So like I said using up my old stuff...this is Evensong paper. I think this is way back from when I first started up with Close to my Heart...I do miss those days.

This paper is pretty and I have been moving it around for about 7 years so this year I used it all up! All of it. Half on this card set and half on a set I will be sharing in the new future. I LOVE the way these turned out.

Another thing that I noticed my Art Philosophy does not get the same love from me as Artiste and Artbooking. The brochure just is not set up the same way and so instead of all items on the page coordinating; you kind of have to mix and match. Anyway I saw this adorable little ornament card.

Actually there are several cards with shapes cut out of them on the Art Philo cartridge and I plan on trying a bunch of them out. Let me know if you have made any of them cause I would love some more ideas.

Here is what I did on the inside of the cards.


Pretty cool huh? I took the shape of the ornament from each of the cards and added it to the inside. Then I added some Colonial White cardstock on the bottom under the shimmer tape and took the bottom of the pattern paper and added it inside as well.

I seriously love these cards! Even now blogging about them is making me smile, they just came together so nicely and they coordinate so well. I know that when my friends and family open up these cards they too will get a big smile.



Here is a close up of the cards, I love these poinsettias, I have had these laying around for a long time as well but not 7 years! Honestly though I wish I would have used these when I got them because I probably would have bought some more. They are so cute, but this just goes to show why you should use your stuff! Now I sort of want more of these but CTMH no longer sells them. I could probably find more if I really tried as I have seen them here and there around Christmas time...we will see.

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed this card and if I hope I inspired you to start on your Christmas cards so that you can really enjoy the holiday season.

Supplies*:
Cardstock - Cranberry, Colonial White, New England Ivy, Olive
Pattern Paper - Evensong

Embelishments - Poinsettias, Silver Shimmer Trim
Stamp Set - Pear & Partrige WOTG , Card Chatter - Christmas 

Cartidge - Art Philosophy *All supplies are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Boo...

Summer is almost over! I still can't believe it. I hope everyone had a great time. We had a mild summer in these parts. I am thinking it is going to be a cold winter...again. I am just hoping it doesn't snow on Halloween. It has happened here and there several times in the Midwest. Speaking of Halloween, I have a little card share for you.

I don't know why but I always love to make Halloween cards. Now if I can just remember to MAIL them out!

















I popped up these bats.













Here is the inside...I love to coordinate. A long time ago someone asked me why I do this as it wasted paper but I never thought it wasted paper I always thought it completed the card and tied it all together.
















Here is another angle. Did you notice this ribbon?


TIP: It was actually a white stripe but I took the new markers and colored it in to match. You can also color gems and other embellishments and make them match what you are working on. You might have to layer colors to get a good match.

Supplies*:
Cardstock - Black (1386), Sunset (X5758), White Daisy (1385)
Pattern Paper - Scaredy Cat  (X7185B)

Complements - Scaredy Cat (X7185C)
Stamp Set - Tag the Occasion (B1362) - retired 
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers - Light Orange (Z2455),
 Extras - Tag (I have a cut basket when I use my cricut I toss what I don't use in there), Black/White striped ribbon from a retired black mini medley kit.
*All supplies are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted.


You can find these Close to my Heart products at Jessica's CTMH store. Don't forget to check out the rest of the design teams blogs throughout the week. You can find a link in the sidebar.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School

We went back to school this week. I thought I would make this cute card for my little one to celebrate. She is still young enough where back to school is still super duper!

As I was trying to get some inspiration for this card I was flipping though old idea books and came across one from the Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 Idea Book on page 104. Even though I am thinking about back to school and it is a wood grain I liked it. I started thinking and playing around with ideas and here is what I came up with.

I really liked the idea of an overlay and I was originally going to stick with the wood-grain since pencils and desks are wood and apples grow on trees...anyway I decided the alpha was more school like so I went with that. Glad I did cause it is perfect for what I was going for!

The overlay, the apple, the folder and all the text came from the CTMH Artbooking cartridge. See it isn't just for scrapbook pages.

This card actually has no stamping on it. It is rare that I make cards like that but I enjoy doing something a little different now and then.

I actually cut the apple out twice once in Pear (ha) and once in Ruby. I cut off the leaf and colored the stem with some colored pencils. I layered the apple and popped it up.

Here you can see the close of up the little file folder. I originally planned to put something inside but I really couldn't come up with any ideas so I sealed it shut...besides it says right there that it is Top Secret!

You have a better view of the apple here. Oh yes I also added some highlights to it as well.
















I almost always finish up the insides of my cards. This time I added a second little apple and cut out the words First day.

I did the same thing to this apple and tucked it under the words. I also trimmed this arrow so that it functioned as a paperclip. Never be afraid to change up the images or cut them apart.


















Enjoy

Supplies*:Cardstock - Champagne (X5931), Black (1386), Lagoon (X5762), Ruby (X5927), Pear (X5764)
Pattern Paper - Chalk It Up (X7184B)
Cricut Cartridges - Artbooking (Z1906)
*All supplies are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted.

You can find all of these awesome Close to my Heart products at Jessica's CTMH store. Don't forget to check out the rest of the design teams blogs throughout the week. You can find a link in the sidebar.

Monday, August 18, 2014

BFF Surprise

Boy do I have a treat for you today! I have been wanting to make on of these cards for a really long time.



When I saw that banner from Oodles of Doodles I knew that now was the time to try a surprise pop up card!



Here is the surprise...they are really easy to make!!! Don't you love how the banner just hangs over the edge of the little card? I do! You might also note that the cute little card is a "School Days" journal stamp from the stamp set School Years. I didn't want the journal part but I loved the size of the journal box and the adorable little diagonal strips along the side. So I masked it and used it sideways and added that adorable little bicycle built for two...two best friends that is!



The card lays flat and fits into a regular envelope for easy mailing like you see here.


And one more view from the side.



You can find tutorials for these all over the web but I got mine from Splitcoast Stampers.

I hope you enjoyed this little surprise card today.

Supplies*:
Cardstock - White Daisy (1385), Black (1386),Lagoon (X5762)
Pattern Paper - Chalk It Up (X7184B)
Inks - Black (Z2105), Lagoon (Z2195)
Stamps - Art Philosophy, Oodles of Doodles (B1449), School Years (D1556)
Cricut Cartridges - Artiste (Z1790)
Embellishments - Black Brads
*All supplies are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted.

You can find all of these awesome Close to my Heart products at Jessica's CTMH store. Don't forget to check out the rest of the design teams blogs throughout the week. You can find a link in the sidebar.
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